Sorry that the trial-production is postponed to the end of November due to the delay & rework of some parts.
We assembled the first printer with trial-production materials 2 weeks ago. However, the performance was not good initially. To find out the problem and verify the final mechanical design and packaging design, we decided to assemble 4 units more in our office. After debugging, the problem goes to the material of the heated bed and we solved it already.
Here is recent progress to share with you.
Ⅰ. Control Board
All the control boards for trial production were received and examined.
Ⅱ. LCD & Slicer
The full testing of the LCD app was finished.
We expect to finish the verification of the recommended printing parameter on the newest printer within this month.
Ⅲ. Mechanical Hardware
We have 262 types of raw materials for production in total, and we need to make sure all the materials get ready both in quantity and quality. All the production materials were received, except for the following materials:
Due to the change of tool-head design, the number of screws increased, and we expect to receive the supplementary screws by 19th November;
Heated beds were returned to the factory last week due to the appearance problem and we received the improved heated beds yesterday;
Print heads and CNC heads were received. And we expect to receive the laser heads by 19th November;
CNC motors were returned to the factory due to quality problem last week and we expect to receive the qualified motors by 22nd November;
We haven’t purchase packaging materials yet due to the design hasn’t been confirmed yet. We will confirm the design after we finish the packaging test.
Newest printer and packaging
*Please note that the packaging sample doesn’t include appearance design so that we can receive it earlier.
The appearance design of the packaging
We are testing the newly assembled printers, and the performances are good so far.
Today we started the packaging test in the assembly factory and we expect to get the test report on 19th November.
We assembled 5 units of printers in the office for testing. And the assembly factory will assemble 25 units of printers. The plan is as below:
Ship all the materials to the assembly factory on 18th November (Already done);
The assembly factory will check the number and the quality before production, and it will cost several days;
Start production by 25th November and finish production by 5th December.
Ⅵ. Financial Status
Some backers asked questions about financial status. Given the production status and the budget, we worry that we may encounter a shortage of funds during the period of fulfillment if we meet a big setback again. To avoid it happen, we are taking some measures:
We are connecting with VC regarding venture investment to secure the fund chain;
We narrowed down the team scale to decrease labor cost;
Try our best to avoid more delay.
On the one hand, the performances of the new printers give us confidence that the journey from 1 to 100 paid off. There is a high probability that the trail-produced printers will have the same performances. On the other hand, we are sorry for the delay again.
That’s all for recent progress. Thank you for your understanding and support as always.